On August 4th, the Denver Architecture Foundation (DAF) is releasing two major audio tours that are free and accessible at denveraudiotours.org. They encompass 24 locations that are historically significant to Denver and highlight more than a century of Mile High City’s architecture and cultural history. This project was funded in part by the History Colorado State Historical Fund.
Combining historical facts and preservation, the audio trips tell an interactive story about Denver’s past, better explaining the present, and helping envision the future. Tours can be explored locally or remotely while safe social distancing is practiced. Rides are walking or cycling apart and are centered on downtown Denver and the Civic Center, titled “Downtown Denver: A Game of City and Empire Builders” and “Civic Center Park: A Speerian Game.”
The Denver Architecture Foundation advocates deeply rooted connections between architecture, education, and community building. The audio tours are an example of DAF’s year-round program designed to encourage the public to engage further with the local architecture while learning about heritage conservation.
“DAF values historical preservation as a means of celebrating different architectures, honoring styles and histories in different eras, and protecting places that mark the heritage of our city and our state,” said Pauline Herrera, Managing Director of DAF. “The audio tours offer a unique opportunity to encourage exploration of our city and an understanding of its history, architecture and landscape. By telling these stories in an experimental way, DAF seeks to maintain our community’s collective commitment to existing landmarks and to protect the integrity of future landmarks. “
The tours include the following locations per trip.
“Civic Center Park: A Speerian Game”
– Civic Center Park: Voorhies Memorial Gateway and Sea Lion Pool, and Greek Theater and Colonnade of Civic Benefactors
– McNichols Building / Carnegie Library
– Denver City & County Buildings
– The Denver Mint
– Denver Art Museum North building (Martin)
– Byers-Evans house
– Clyfford Still Museum
– Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts
– Evans school
– History Colorado Center
– Denver Central Library
– Colorado State Museum building
– First Baptist Church
– Scottish Masonic Center
– Colorado State Capitol
Downtown Denver: A Game of City and Empire Builders
– Denver Union Station
– Oxford Hotel
– Rockmount Ranch Wear
– Sugar building
– Historic district in Larimer Square
– Hotel theater
– Ellie Caulkins Opera House
– Fair building
– Brown Palace Hotel
DAF recommends practicing safe social distancing during the on-site audio tours. This includes keeping a distance of two meters from other people and wearing a mask.